In what way is the influence of the Renaissance still evident today?

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The influence of the Renaissance remains extremely evident today in our devotion to science and to humanism.  Our move away from a society that is centered mostly around religion is a major legacy of the Renaissance.

Today, very few people believe in religion as the ultimate arbiter of scientific truth (with the possible exception of the issue of evolution).  Instead, they look to scientific evidence as the way to prove what is true and what is not.  In addition, in the West today, we are dedicated to the idea that individual people are the most important part of the world.  This is another idea that comes to us from Renaissance times.

Science and individuality are major pillars of our world today.  Both are ways in which the Renaissance continues to influence us today.